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Zenaida Yanowsky

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Zenaida Yanowsky in action.
Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Zenaida Yanowsky is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a First Artist in 1994 and was promoted to Soloist in 1996, First Soloist in 1999 and Principal in 2001. Her many roles include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Marguerite, Manon, Natalia Petrovna (A Month in the Country) and Principal roles in ‘Rubies’ (Jewels), The Four Temperaments, Apollo, In the Night and After the Rain. She has created roles for choreographers including Kim Brandstrup, Alexei Ratmansky and Will Tuckett, and the Queen of Hearts (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and Paulina (The Winter’s Tale) for Christopher Wheeldon.

Yanowsky was born in Lyon. Both of her parents were dancers with Lyon Opera Ballet, and as a child she often accompanied them on tour. The family settled in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and she trained there at the dance school established by her parents. After winning a silver medal at Varna in 1991 she joined Paris Opera Ballet. Further awards included gold medals at the 1993 European Young Dancers Competition and the 1994 Jackson International Ballet Competition.

Yanowsky has danced in two short dance films, Duet and The Sandman, for Channel 4, and in the BBC’s Riot at the Rite. She has collaborated with Claire Barclays and Tuckett on an installation in the Whitechapel Gallery, and danced in a short film choreographed by Tuckett for the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern.

Videos

News and features

How the ROH Costume department create Tudor costumes for <em>Elizabeth</em> that are light enough to dance in

How the ROH Costume department create Tudor costumes for Elizabeth that are light enough to dance in

6 January 2016

Head of Costume Fay Fullerton on the challenges of re-creating Elizabethan costumes for 21st-century ballet.

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

29 December 2015

A new exhibition and two new books focus on what it takes to be a ballet dancer.

Dance Essentials: Carlos Acosta’s <em>Cubanía</em>

Dance Essentials: Carlos Acosta’s Cubanía

20 July 2015

A quick introduction to the great Cuban dancer’s vibrant homage to his homeland.

Photos

Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish in In The Night

Zenaida Yanowsky as Manon in Kenneth Macmillan's Manon, The Royal Ballet,

Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for After the Rain, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky photographed for What Lies Beneath

Edward Watson as Polixenes, Zenaida Yanowsky as Paulina and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Federico Bonelli, Zenaida Yanowsky, Isabel McMeekan and Deirdre Chapman in Apollo

Isabel McMeekan, Federico Bonelli, Deirdre Chapman and Zenaida Yanowsky in Apollo

Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in DGV

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite in Marguerite and Armand

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Vadim Muntagirov in 'Melancholic', The Four Temperaments, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Edwaard Liang's Sight Unseen

Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for After the Rain, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky and Rupert Pennefather in A Month in the Country

Zenaida Yanowsky, Will Tuckett and Nehemiah Kish in The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Federico Bonelli as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Marguerite and Armand

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Laura Morera, Monica Mason and Zenaida Yanowsky in The Turn of the Screw, The Royal Ballet

Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for After the Rain, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Laura Caldow and Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky in The Four Temperaments

Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish in In the Night, The Royal Ballet